Jack Khadka- High-quality healthcare system is indispensable for healthy and productive population. In this Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) era, Nepal’s recent commitment to universal health coverage (UHC) has provided an opportunity to introduce “quality of the health system” as the national policy agenda. Moreover, Nepal’s current transition to federalism provides the right time to start dialogue among the stakeholders on this pertinent issue. Although Nepal’s health sector has relied on disease specific vertical models of healthcare for decades, the current need is overall “health system strengthening” ensuring the access to quality healthcare, particularly for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. In this regard, Nepal can learn a lot from Japan, which is one of the prominent leaders in global health arena. Keeping these things in mind, Nepalese and Japanese health professionals residing in Japan are gathering for a seminar in JICA hall, Ichigaya, Tokyo on February 3, 2019.
This is the third seminar of Nepal Japan dialogue series supported by the Embassy of Nepal in Tokyo, which has previously included discussions on diverse issues of Nepal such as infrastructure and agriculture. The theme of the Nepal Japan dialogue series III is “Improving healthcare system in Nepal”. It will focus on several components of Japanese healthcare system which can be transferred to Nepal, in feasible and sustainable manner. The objective of the discussion is to explore how Nepalese and Japanese counterparts can collaborate to improve the healthcare system in Nepal by focusing on several macro- and micro-level components.
The program is divided into two sessions and will be moderated by Dr. Prakash Shakya, Nepalese medical doctor who is currently working as a researcher in Kyorin University. Prof. Dr. Yasuo Sakuma, President of the University of Tokyo Health Sciences; Mr. Yasuyuki Suzuki, Chief Operating officer of Medical Data Card Inc.; and Prof. Dr. Hiroyuki Izumi, Director of Itabashi Medical Association Hospital will be delivering talks in the first session. The talk in the second session will be delivered by Dr. Lushun Chalise, Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo; Dr. Yasuhisa Fujimoto, Director of Breast Center at Suita Tokushukai Hospital; Dr. Tomoyuki Nakanishi, President of T-ICU Co. Ltd.; and Mr. Ryuichi Onose, CEO of Icaria Inc. The concluding remarks will be delivered by Mr. Krishna Chandra Aryal, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Nepalese Embassy in Tokyo; who will highlight about the possibilities for collaboration between Nepalese and Japanese counterparts in health related issues. Further details about the program are provided in the attached flyer.